THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has launched its five-year development plan and strategic map for the animal industry to ensure continuity of growth and global competitiveness in the sector.
During the Bureau of Animal Industry’s 86th founding anniversary, Agriculture Undersecretary and chief of staff Dennis Guerrero said that the development plan will set the organizational directions that the bureau will pursue, while the strategic map sets out the bureau’s 10 priority programs to uplift the livestock sector to becoming a world-class and sustainable industry.
These programs include: animal genetic improvement and conservation; animal health and welfare; animal trade competitiveness enhancement; research and development; ISO quality management; facilities and laboratory equipment modernization; IT modernization; stakeholders engagement; human resource development and fiscal management improvement.
At the event, the bureau also inaugurated its Animal Health Training and Information Center while elected officers of the Association of Rabbit Meat Producers (ARaMP), Inc. were sworn in. ARaMP was established to serve as a tool in promoting the development of the rabbit industry in the Philippines.
Guerrero commended the BAI for sustaining its support for the livestock sector through its various programs aimed at improving animal health and productivity.
Undersecretary for Operations (Livestock) Jose Reaño, for his part, recognized the efforts being done by BAI to uplift the livestock industry and to keep the country free from animal diseases such as the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and avian influenza (AI).
Another highlight of the celebration was the launching of the Swine Genetic Analytical Service Laboratory, a public-private partnership of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) to support the BAI’s Swine Breeder Farm Accreditation Program (SBFAP).
Under this project, PCAARRD will provide specialized laboratory equipment for genetic analysis and evaluation, while PCC will provide the expertise in running the genetic testing protocols.
The BAI and the Accredited Swine Breeders Association of the Philippines (ASBAP) will provide room to house the laboratory equipment and will manage the operation of the genetic analytical laboratory, respectively.
Free seminars on forage production and animal-raising (native pig, native chicken, rabbit and goat) and live native animal displays were also held.